The Quickest Way to Kill Your Muse
All artists have a muse. We personify our creativity and creative space and come up with a “Muse”. Personification makes the unwieldly process of creativity a bit more approachable. Because they are constructs of our imaginations, for the most part, Muses are also fragile. Creations in their own right, Muses deserve their own set of care.
One of the quickest ways to kill off the Muse, or at least injure it to the point of limited creativity, is to dishonor its creations.
Note, I wrote “dishonor”. The Muse can handle critique, criticism, judgment, and discernment. What the Muse can not handle is the dishonoring of a creation. We dishonor our creations, not when we judge them and find them lacking, that is part of the artistic process. We dishonor our creations when we are ashamed by them. We think to ourselves, “I should not have created that. That is really bad. Why did I even bother?”
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Your creation can be good, great, bad, horrendous, credible, incredible, ugly or more, based on your standards or the standards of others, and still the Muse will remain intact. If however, you cross over into shaming your creations, wondering why they were even present in the first place, then, the Muse will stop.
Shame and dishonoring your creations is another way of saying, “I wish I had never created you.” And this, pierces the Muse’s heart.
Be gentle with yourself and your creations. Evaluate them, if you desire, but in the process always honor their formation and presence in this world.